Hypertherm Congratulates Our 2016 Community Heroes
In addition to providing customers with the world’s leading industrial cutting solutions, Hypertherm’s mission includes a commitment to enriching the community and environment. More than 80 percent of Hypertherm Associates are expected to volunteer this year, spending in excess of 18,000 hours serving nonprofit organizations throughout the Upper Valley and around the world. Though each Associate is given 24 hours (increasing to 32 hours in 2017) a year to volunteer, some Associates go above and beyond that. The Hypertherm Community Hero Award recognizes those Associates who exemplify the spirit of community service. Hypertherm congratulates its two 2016 honorees.
Jen Riccio and Charlie
Jennifer Riccio, International Tax Attorney
Jen passionately serves the Upper Valley Humane Society as Board Chair, as well as the Lebanon Opera House, David’s House, and the Special Olympics. She is also a member of Hypertherm’s Grant Review Committee, where she reviews grant requests, and its Measureable Outcome sub-committee, which works to measure the success of various grant programs. In addition, she serves as a member of the David’s House Governance Committee, using her legal expertise to help the organization navigate hard-to-understand contracts and state regulations. For multiple years Jen has photographed Special Olympics teams competing in the Upper Valley Regional Fall Games, quickly printing and inserting photos into frames so athletes would have a nice memento to take home.
James Whitney with Dan Gaudet
James Whitney, Assembler for Hypertherm Powermax Accessories
Hypertherm Associate James (Jamie) Whitney is a 16-year Hypertherm veteran who works at the company’s Lebanon facility on Heater Road. Jamie is known as a “silent hero” among his teammates for his regular volunteer work at David’s House. For five years running he has served as a Hospitality Volunteer, a position David’s House has traditionally struggled to fill as it is a recurring commitment. In that role, Jamie takes room requests, checks in guests, and gives tours to newcomers. When asked about why he is a regular volunteer at David’s House Jamie said, “It doesn’t take long to be affected by the special essence of kindness David’s House possesses.”
In addition to volunteering at David’s House, Jamie is active in his local church and teaches Sunday school.
Congratulations Jen and James for being an example to all Associates and a Hypertherm Community Hero.